10 Important Books That Every Law Student Must Read

1. Letters to a Law Student – Nicholas McBride

What does it take to succeed as a law student? This book will show you how.

Voted one of the top 6 books that all future law students should read by The Guardian’s studying law website*, Letters to a Law Student is packed full of practical advice and helpful answers to the most common questions about studying law at University across every stage of taking or thinking about taking a law degree.

2. Learning the Law by Glanville Williams

Glanville Williams: Learning the Law has been introducing students to the foundation skills needed to study law effectively for over 70 years. Now in its 16th edition, it is still the must-have book for every student embarking upon a law degree. Introduces students to the basic legal materials such as statutes and case law, and explains how these are to be read and interpreted in the light of common law doctrines of precedent Explains how legal problems are to be solved and discussed in the examination room Offers advice on study methods, exam preparation, time and stress management Discusses the methods of legal research, and explains where to look for the law, both on paper and electronically Covers participation in moots, mock trials, and other competitions Discuss employment prospects and give advice on seeking and obtaining work Provides recommendations for further reading within and outside the law.

3. The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham

'The Rule of Law' is a phrase much used but little examined. The idea of the rule of law as the foundation of modern states and civilizations has recently become even more talismanic than that of democracy, but what does it actually consist of?

In this brilliant short book, Britain's former senior law lord, and one of the world's most acute legal minds, examines what the idea actually means. He makes clear that the rule of law is not an arid legal doctrine but is the foundation of a fair and just society, is a guarantee of responsible government, is an important contribution to economic growth, and offers the best means yet devised for securing peace and co-operation. He briefly examines the historical origins of the rule and then advances eight conditions that capture its essence as understood in western democracies today. He also discusses the strains imposed on the rule of law by the threat and experience of international terrorism.

The book will be influential in many different fields and should become a key text for anyone interested in politics, society, and the state of our world.

4. Bleak House by Charles Dickens

'Dickens's chilling tale of murder and betrayal' Sunday Times

'The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself'

'Jarndyce and Jardyce' is an infamous lawsuit that has been in process for generations. Nobody can remember exactly how the case started but many different individuals have found their fortunes caught up in it. Esther Summerson watches as her friends and neighbors are consumed by their hopes and disappointments with the proceedings. But while the intricate puzzles of the lawsuit are being debated by lawyers, other more dramatic mysteries are unfolding that involve heartbreak, lost children, blackmail, and murder.

5. My Life in Court by Louis Nizer

In this electrifying bestseller, the shrewd and voluble trial lawyer Louis Nizer, who made a long career of representing famous people in famous cases, recounts some of his significant civil and criminal cases.

Nizer rose to national fame with his real-life accounts of tension-filled courtrooms and the fervor of the advocate, and “My Life in Court” proved to be no exception: it rose to the top of the Times’s best-seller list on its publication in 1961 and logged 72 weeks as a sales leader.

The book is an in-depth collection of some of Mr. Nizer’s court case success stories, including his client Quentin Reynolds’ famous libel action against the columnist Westbrook Pegler, which would also become the basis of the 1963 Broadway play “A Case of Libel.”

Praised by critics as “entertaining and philosophically instructive, an unusual combination,” Nizer’s movie-like plots of real-life courtroom drama will keep you captivated until the very last page.

6. Winning Arguments – Jay Heinrichs

Everyone is always trying to persuade us of something: politicians, advertising, the media, and most definitely our families. With all the wisdom of the ages, from Aristotle and Stalin to Yoda and Monty Python, Winning Arguments will show you how to win more than your fair share of arguments, as well as:

> How to shine at work, avoid speeding tickets and outwit argumentative partners

> Cicero's secrets to moving an audience and Honest Abe Lincoln's 'shameless trick'

> Tactics like Setting Your Goals, Making Them Listen and Gaining the High Ground

> The art of rhetoric, from eloquence and friendship to ready wit and irrefutable logic

Winning Arguments is brimming with endless examples of persuasion and plenty of techniques to help you get your way.

7. Court and Their Judgments by Arun Shourie

The Failure Of Other Institutions To Discharge Their Duty Has Compelled Courts To Step Far Outside Their Traditional Role In Recent Times. This Book Chronicles The Changing Face Of Judiciary And The Court.

8. Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J Sandel

As a Harvard University professor, Michael J. Sandel is famous for packing students into the campus theater to hear him take on some of the most challenging issues facing lawyers -- and society as a whole -- today.

9. The Trial by Franz Kafka

Kafka's gripping work of psychological horror.

A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K, an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him. Once arrested, he is released but must report to the court on a regular basis, an event that proves maddening, as nothing is ever resolved. As he grows more uncertain of his fate, his personal life, including work at a bank and his relations with his landlady and a young woman who lives next door, becomes increasingly unpredictable. As Joseph tries to gain control, he succeeds only in accelerating his own excruciating downward spiral.

10. Legal Eagles: Stories of the Top Seven Indian Lawyers by Indu Bhan

Indian judicial system has garnered worldwide fame through its historical and remarkable judgments and the hard work of its judges and lawyers rarely catches the glaze of the common public. Legal Eagle tries to bridge this gap. Indu Bhan’s 'Legal Eagles: Stories of top seven Indian lawyers’ traces the story of the top seven lawyers in India. Lawyers, as we commonly perceive, are not just shrewd intellectuals but much more. It takes more than just intelligence to become a successful lawyer. It takes years of practice, extensive studies, and professionalism which set the absolutely outstanding lawyers from the general ones. Their life and career graph is full of crusts and troughs and this book gives an insight into it.

Legal Eagles is an exciting read for all the budding lawyers and for all those who are interested in knowing about the life and struggle of great lawyers and how they achieve success in life through sheer grit and hard work. The top seven lawyers chosen by Indu Bhan as the subjects of her book are well-known lawyers and have prolific personalities worthy to be written about. The seven lawyers whose life and career has found a mention in the book are Harish Salve, Prashant Bhushan, Rohinton Nariman, Mukul Rohatgi, Abhishek Sangvi, CA Sundaram and Arvind Datar. A common link between all seven of them is that they all have been or are applying their trade in the Supreme Court of India. While some of them like Prashant Bhushan, Rohinton Nariman, and Mukul Rohatgi carried on their family legacy of being lawyers, other like Harish Salve and Arvind Datar accidentally landed upon this profession and are now the stalwarts of legal practice. Legal Eagles are filled with several details of high profile cases handled by these lawyers like Coalgate, Vodafone Tax Case, etc. and also explains the psychological and emotional impact that these cases had on them. Not just their professional career, but we also catch a glimpse of their personal life in this book. We get a personal view of the life of these seven legal eagles of India as the author talks about their background, mentors, turning points in their life, what was their way to success, their struggles, daily routine, etc.

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